End shady business practices at the Anaheim, CA pick a part sign now

Today, November 28th, 2004 was my first visit to the Anaheim, CA (Beach blvd) location of Pick a Part, and it will be my last.

without doing a damn thing wrong, today I got accused of shoplifting a whole $5 worth of broken relays! Why? Because I accidentally left them in my toolbox because I'd been working on my car for the last 10 hours straight!

When I told the exit guard that the relays were broken and that he could just toss them, apparently he didn't understand english because he threatened to call the police on me. He said he was being "nice" by giving me the choice of paying for the relays. Eventually, I just paid for them. Its $5, who cares?

Well, to a college student whose father just died, just lost the scholarship that was paying the bulk of his tuition, and is using what little money he has left to restore a classic car to sell for profit, $5 is a LOT of money. It pissed me off. A Lot.

I was almost tempted to let them call the police, because they were MY DAMN RELAYS. And they were BROKEN. I mean, we're talkin fried to the point that the plastic casing melted.

What pissed me off even more than being forced to pay for my own garbage, though, was the fact that the non-english speaking "exit guard" guy who searches your toolboxes when you leave the premises tried to keep my drill. Thats right, he opens my toolbox, pulls out my 2 broken relays and my drill, then informs his english speaking friend that I was trying to steel relays, or something (I dont know what he said, I dont speak spanish). The other guy comes over and asks me to pay for the relays, while meanwhile the first, non-english speaking guy is happily playing away with my drill. When I told the bilingual guy that it was my drill, he said something to the other guy in spanish, and the other guy nodded "no". I'm assuming he asked if it was my drill or not, because it took another 5 minutes of arguing and pulling to get my damn drill back.

To top it off, the bilingual guy at the exit informed me he'd call the police if I ever came back to pick a part.

Was he joking? Did he honestly think I'd WANT to go back there? Perhaps there IS some merit to the state of California's claim that prolonged exposure to motor oil causes cancer, and perhaps this guy had a huge brain tumor, because theres no way in hell he could've been serious :)



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